Snakes have always been one of the most fear-inspiring animals among humans. There are many reasons why people are so afraid of them, but in reality most snakes are harmless or do not have enough venom to cause much harm. Asia does, however, hold the record for the most snake bites in the world. What are some of the most venomous snakes in Asia?
To begin, cobras are the species that is most commonly found in Asia. There are many contributing factors to the frequency and death toll of these snakes; the majority of people walk around barefoot, cobras make their homes near densely populated areas such as where many live and work, and the lack of adequate medical facilities to give aid when cobra bites occur.
In this area, the King Cobra can grow up to 18 feet long, giving it the title as the largest venomous snake in the world. Scientists estimate that each bite has the potential to kill an elephant. For the most part, these snakes avoid confrontation from humans, except in the circumstances when they are protecting a nest of babies.
Vipers are next in this series; there is a great variety of different species of vipers. The Green Tree Pit Viper is dangerous due to the fact that most of it’s bites are administered in the head, shoulder, and neck regions of the body. The Malayan Pit Viper is an extremely aggressive type of viper and has very long fangs. It’s venom has the ability to destroy blood cells and tissue but surprisingly enough, with fast efficient medical care the survival rate is good.
Photo – Most Venomous Indian Krait and Viper Snake.
The Krait family of snakes are also considered one of the most venomous snakes in Asia. Their venom is said to be 15 times more deadly than the venom of cobras- it can cause drowsiness and severe respiratory failure and left without medical attention, the bites are almost always fatal. The Malayan Krait is dangerous because the majority of it’s bites occur at nighttime when the victim is asleep. Even if they receive anti venom treatment, the chances of their survival is still only 50%.
Asia also has a group of snakes considered in the sea snake category. They prefer to eat fish that become paralyzed by their bites. However, it requires virtually microscopic amounts of their venom to potentially cause death to a human, only 1.5 milligrams. Thankfully, attacks of this variety are very rare.
In conclusion, it is easy to see why so many people have an inherent fear of snakes. It is fairly common for people to get bit by snakes, annually they estimate between 1-2 million people get bitten. In the continent of Asia, they certainly find themselves with their fair share of dangerous snakes; the most venomous snakes in Asia include the cobra family, the viper family, the kraits, and sea snakes. Fatal attacks are preventable with prompt and effective medical care and treatment with anti venom remedies.
Image Credit Goes To : Krait – http://rivughorai.blogspot.com | Viper Snake – www.indiansnakes.org